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Davos ice hockey tradition

Davos ice hockey tradition

Davos ice hockey tradition
Davos ice hockey tradition
Davos ice hockey tradition
Davos ice hockey tradition
Davos ice hockey tradition
Davos ice hockey tradition
Davos ice hockey tradition
Davos ice hockey tradition
Davos ice hockey tradition
Davos ice hockey tradition

A strong trio: HC Davos, Ice Stadium and Spengler Cup

Ice-hockey is omnipresent in Davos. The Swiss record-holding Hockey Club Davos (HCD) has contributed much to this, wearing the blue and yellow of Davos all year round as it tours the various Swiss hockey arenas. The internationally renowned Spengler Cup and the impressive Davos ice stadium are further indicators of the Davos ice hockey tradition.

Davos Ice Stadium

Shortly after the foundation of the HCD in 1921, a separate ice hockey field was built next to the large ice rink. The border of the field consisted of 10 cm high wooden straps behind which the spectators sat on simple benches. For the European Championship in 1926 a grandstand with cloakrooms was built. In 1960 the HCD played on artificial ice for the first time. From 1979 to 1981 the then Kur- und Verkehrsverein built the ice stadium which still exists today. Because of the spectacular roof construction made of wood, the hall was given the nickname "Ice Palace". In 2004 the municipality bought the ice stadium and one year later the north stand was thoroughly renovated. From 2018 to 2021, the Davos Ice Stadium will be extensively renovated and converted. 

Spengler Cup

At the end of 1923 Dr. Carl Spengler donated the traveling cup for an international tournament. The competition named after him was intended to strengthen the HCD playfully and to promote international contacts. The Spengler Cup was regarded as the unofficial European Championship in the interwar period. After the Second World War, the team tournament increasingly lost its importance. The tide turned in 1990 with the professionalization of the tournament. From 1993 onwards, the HCD was once again a spectator magnet. The home club celebrated its first victory in 1927 and its 15th Spengler Cup victory in 2011. Today the tournament enjoys a high international reputation. The games of Team Canada are broadcast live on Canadian sports television.

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